Dubai: Tamim Iqbal batted, got inured, visited a hospital, returned with a wrist fracture and batted again – this time with one hand, his act of bravado receiving instant applause in the real and virtual world.
A couple of hours after being told by doctors that his Asia Cup was over because of a fractured left wrist, Tamim walked out to bat with one hand after the fall of ninth wicket. He hung on with centurion Mushfiqur Rahim and helped add 32 for the final wicket, lifting his side to 261.
“There was a lot of pressure, losing two wickets early and Tamim couldn’t bat. But decision to bat (again) was made by him. If he didn’t wanted to go in, no one could have pushed him. Credit goes to him for the decision,” Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said after the game, Saturday.
The dashing opener missing out for the rest of the tournament will be a ‘big blow’ for Bangladesh, according to the captain, who called Mushfiqur’s innings one of the best by a cricketer from his country.
“Mushfiqur played one of the best ODI innings by a Bangladeshi. The way Mushfiqur finished the innings was very good. The crowd the way they supported us from the first ball was really good. Nice way to start the Asia Cup. I think it was more than Mirpur. Big stadium, crowd was full,” added the skipper.
Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews, too, lauded Tamim while lamenting his team’s heavy defeat.
“Batting was the main downfall today (Saturday). Lasith was absolutely brilliant. Three wickets for three runs, and we let them off the hook. We dropped some crucial catches also,” Mathews informed.
“Still 260 was chaseable on this pitch. It played very well. We made some bad decisions while batting. “We are under pressure. We only have one lifeline. We have to win that game. It’s a do or die situation for us. We have to learn from the mistakes from this game,” added Mathews.
Mathews was also vocal in his praise for Tamim. “Tamim showed a lot of guts. I thought Mushfiqur batted really well. Mushfiqur was out there and he (Tamim) came in to bat. And that 20-30 runs also made the difference,” Mathews pointed out.